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Friday, September 28, 2012

May Your Days be Merry and Bright!

Happy Friday, my sparkly friends! I hope you've had a lovely week! :o)

I'm super excited because I had a little time to make a card just for fun! With a slew of challenges in mind, my heart gravitated to Christmas. :o)
A closer peek at the sentiment, snowy flowers, and jingly bells:

Isn't she precious? She is Lili of the Valley's Christmas Star and I love her to pieces. She is colored up with my favorite red and green Copics (R35-37-39 and YG61-63-67). The trim on her sweet jacket is Polar White Flower Soft, which I also scattered along the ground and Wild Orchid Crafts roses. I am smitten with this stuff. I dotted the sky with three sizes of pearls and sparklified the stars with Star Dust. I planned on using my new Pearl Pen which was finally in stock, but sadly I am not a natural with it. ;) I need a wee bit of practice first. The tree is accented with garnet rhinestones, which are a bit washed out in the pictures.

The festive papers are from Best Creation's Merry Christmas pack, which I adore. The fluttering ornaments are sparkly, which of course makes me swoon. I trimmed the middle layer mat with my Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch. The image and sentiment stamp bases are Spellbinders Classic Circles atop Lacey Circles. The red crinkle ribbon is from My Craft Spot, to which I attached red and green jingle bells. I jingled all the way!

I couldn't resist using some beloved Wild Orchid Crafts goodies to go along with their flowers. The cream Guipure lace is one of my favorites. A scallop flat-back pearl flutters in the corner and a few pearl sprays were added to the larger flower arrangement, hopefully reminiscent of snowflakes.

One of my favorite parts of this little card was inspired by the sentiment, which is from Lili of the Valley's Christmas Circular Sentiments set. To bring the bright greeting to the card, I lightly sponged Mustard Seed distress ink along the embossed trim of the image and the sentiment to exude a heavenly glow. Beautiful divine warmth in the middle of a snowy winter wonderland. :o) I had such fun making this card and I hope the recipient loves it. :o)

Challenges entered:
 * Crafty Catz~ Lace and Ribbon
 * The Crafty Pad~ Inspired by a Song (White Christmas)
 * Docerela Creations~ Border Using Punch or Cricut
 * Fab 'n' Funky~ Starts with an F (Flowers, Flower Soft)
 * Fashionista~ Anything Goes Christmas
 * Jingle Belles~ Dashing Through the Snow
 * Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 * Moving Along with the Times~ Seeing RED
 * PaperPlay~ Flowers and Lace
 * Simon Says Stamp~ Anything Goes
 * Sparkles Christmas Challenge~ Sparkles and Bling
 * Stampin' for the Weekend~ Feeling Floral

Thank you for twirling on by! I hope your weekend is filled with blessings and pumpkin treats. :o)

37 comments:

  1. Awww this is so sweet! I LOVE your snowy flowers and that adorable image!! Popped over from MIM!
    Tammy x

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  2. Hello dear Karen. Your card is full of gorgeousness and it's clear to see how much fun you had making it. I adore the image, it's one of my newest purchases waiting patiently to be inked up and I can't wait now after seeing how beautifully you have coloured her. The wonderful festive papers and embellishments are perfect.

    Thanks again for your lovely comments on my cards my kind friend, you always make me smile!
    Hugs Sue

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  3. Wow Karen~ what a stunning card my friend... Love every bits of this card from each and every angle... The papers are just so festive, the snowy effects, those jingle bells, the coloring. Awesome!
    Enjoy your lovely day and upcoming weekend~

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  4. what a sweet and lovely holiday card! love the elegant collage of embellishments you've used around the stamped image, and of course your coloring is perfectly beautiful! thanks for "dashing through the snow" with us at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

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  5. I hardly have the words to tell you how utterly fabulous your card is. Adorable image, beautiful papers, perfect embellishments...stunning!

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  6. Super card with a great image and gorgeous colours. Thanks for joining our challenge at Fab'n'Funky this week. Good luck in the draw.

    Pat xx

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  7. absoluly stunning, loooove red, and of course loooove your card
    thanks for playing with us at paperplay this week
    hugs
    céline

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  8. Awh! This is so sweet..love LOTV images and your colouring of this lovely image is stunning!!! Gorgeous papers and embellishments too...
    Hugs,
    Marjorie
    xx

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  9. Hi Karen, Wow this is just so lovely fabulous image and beautiful embellishments too! x

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  10. Dear karen, it's been so long. Your card is super adorable. I love how its detailes. You truly put your card into all your creations. p.s. be sure to join our challenge


    Thank you for sharing

    Catarina aka docerela

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  11. Oh Wow! this is gorgeous Karen… isn't she a cutie and you've coloured her to perfection… the fur trims and snow look fab and love the scrummy papers and embellishments… it's a truly stunning card!
    the pearl pen does take some practice… it took me ages to get the hang of it… :-)
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and Good Luck in the Challenge!
    Big Hugs
    Sue xx

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  12. What a sweet little lady ... such lovely coloring ... so glad you dashed through the snow with us at jingle belles.

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  13. A beautiful card!

    Thank you for sharing at Sparkles Christmas Challenges this time
    Good luck in the draw

    Shaz x

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  14. What an absolutely beautiful card! I love the snowy flowers Karen!! That digital is amazing and I love the layout! I have been looking at your other projects and I have missed so many! Thank you for your comment on my blog, your support means the world to me and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart... I didn't see an email so I am leaving my address here... hope that's ok!
    Naomi Edwards
    17 Main St.
    Box 376
    Souris, PE, Canada
    C0A 2B0

    hugs
    Naomi

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  15. OMG have I missed all of these wonderful fantastic creations....sorry lol. Time slips away but I just love that image, the flowers, paper oh everything about this card. I have put you on my side bar list of places to visit...luv annie

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  16. This is a fab card, I just love your papers and gorgeous traditional colours.
    Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Pad this week.
    Pauline
    x

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  17. Love this card and the little jingle bells are so darn cute too. Saw you at MIM!

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  18. This is such a pretty card, Karen! I love how you attatched the bells to the crinkle ribbon and your coloring is amazing as always! I really like that Christmas stamp and the Flower Soft on the roses looks great! :)

    Karen
    craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

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  19. Hi Karen
    A gorgeous and beautiful card,love the image and colour's thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz
    Hugs Dianne xx :)

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  20. Karen, thank you for joining us over at Docerela Creations.

    Catarina aka docerela

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  21. Gorgeous Christmas card and I love the faux snow. Your embellies, paper and colored image are absolutely wonderful!!! Thanks for joining us at Make It Monday this week.

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  22. Gorgeous card Karen. I love the image, and your colouring and colours look fabulous.
    I saw you on MIM
    Lorraine x

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  23. VERY cute, and I love your coloring! :)

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  24. that is a gorgeous card! Love it! Thank you for joining us at Docerela Creations!

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  25. Stunning card my friend.Love your amazing colouring of this pretty LOTV stamp.The flower soft gives it sucha lovely feel and just adore the bells.(Have a thing for bells!!)
    Jayne x

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  26. gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at CraftyCatz. Kim x

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  27. *tosses fluffy snowflakes high in the air to celebrate a certain someone's super gorgeous Christmas creation* WHEEEEEEEE!!!

    Merry Christmas everyone! TEE HEE HEE! *hugs everyone in sight and bakes them red and green cookies*

    I SOOOOO LOVE THIS CARD!!! OMJ! Is it December yet? *counts down seconds*

    This masterpiece is just the ultimate super happy Christmas card of all time. I get that oooey gooey Christmassy feeling in my heart everytime I see it. I just can't get enough of the snow that you added to it, Sunshine! It is SO stunning and it looks SO incredible against the flowers! I need to huggler our sweet little tree decorating friend soooooo tight. She is just the cutest of the cute! SQUEEE! You coloured her SO beautifully sis. I LOVE HER!!!

    *jingles the happy jingly bells all day because I love them to bits and pieces*

    SOOOOOOO LOVE MY SUNSHINE!!!

    *forever snowflake and shining Christmas star hugglers*
    ~~~ Christina :)

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  28. Great work! Love all the layers and details! Thanks for joining us at Docerela Creations! DT Member Carri

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  29. Love the little bells. Wonderful creation! Thanks for playing along in the Anything Goes Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!

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  30. This is a beautiful card, with amazing colouring and layout - I loved reading about this card so much I have become your newest follower.
    Thank you for joining us at Fashionista Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs
    Suzie xx

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  31. lovely creation and thanks for joining us this week at CRAFTY CATZ this week with our ribbon & lace challenge

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  32. Oh Karen, this is STUNNING!! You colored that adorable image absolutely perfectly!! Truly, it is a work of art!! And all of the embellishments you added just highlight what a gorgeous card this is!! Your attention to detail always blows me away!! You should definitely win every challenge you entered...this is fabulous :)

    HUGS, Lisa :)
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  33. Hi Karen I saw this on MIM. LOTV are my fave stamps, both the images and sentiments. Your card is gorgeous,really lovely details and colours.
    Jane x

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  34. Your card is absolutely gorgeous! Love all the details! Thank you for joining us at Docerela Creations!

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  35. Gorgeous card.
    Thanks for joining us this time at SFTW.
    Hugs
    JAyne

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